Less than a week ago, Sarah Max didn’t even know she would race the Belgian Waffle Ride Asheville, but on Saturday she proved that she made the right decision.
The 47-year-old, who rides for Bend, Oregon’s Argonaut Cycles, tackled the 130-mile course (13,000 feet of climbing) with finesse, making up for her mechanical the week prior at Unbound Gravel.
170 miles into her race at Unbound, Max was in third place. A creek crossing caused her electronic shifting to unpair. Someone helped her fix the issue and she ended up 11th. But, Max was unsatisfied.